While waiting for Sony Mobile to officially bring in the Xperia TX into Malaysia, BrandStar Mobile City (better known as directd on Lelong.com.my and Facebook) has brought the phone into Malaysia with a 24-month AP warranty. Pricing for this phone stands at RM1525 while its sibling, the Xperia T (main difference is the non-removable but slightly bigger battery) is going for RM1599. Keep in mind that Sony Mobile will not be bringing the Xperia T into Malaysia and will only bring in the Xperia TX. Hence, if you want the Xperia T, you are limited to only the AP version. Both phones ship with ICS out of the box with a JB update promised in Q1 of 2013.
If the price for the Xperia TX is like the price for Samsung Galaxy Note 2, I think we may see a drop in price once Sony announces the official availability. It could mean that the Xperia TX could launch with a recommended retail price of RM1399-RM1499. At that point, I hope the online pricing would drop to around RM1200 which would be excellent. The Galaxy S3 is currently having a recommended retail price of RM1999 while online retailers like directd are pricing it around RM1650, a RM350 difference in price. And that is still with original SME warranty. AP warranty Galaxy S3 will only cost you RM1499, a RM500 difference in price. So in theory, it may be possible.
I’m a little relieved to see the prices starting at RM1525 to be honest and in it is very likely that it will drop a little once it is available officially, which shouldn’t be too far off. Still, I’ll be waiting another few weeks at least for the prices to drop and stabilize and also to see what price will the LG Nexus 4 be launched with. I’ll be deciding between the Xperia TX, Xperia T and the Nexus 4. I’m favoring the Nexus 4, of course, but only if it is priced just right. If the LG Nexus 4 launches at RM1100-RM1400 range, it will be my choice. If LG Nexus 4 is launched with prices approaching RM2000 or more, I’m likely to go for either of the Xperias. Only a few more weeks to go, I hope.